Supervisor disciplined after alcohol found in traffic stop - Fox 2 News Headlines

Supervisor to be disciplined after cup of alcohol, smoked joint found in Cushingberry's car

Posted: Updated:
(WJBK) -

Detroit police have completed their preliminary investigation into a traffic stop involving city councilman George Cushingberry Jr. Detroit Police Chief James Craig says the findings suggest Cushingberry may have received preferential treatment.

WHAT THE INVESTIGATION DETERMINED

 - Cushingberry pulled into oncoming traffic and failed to signal and, in doing so, cut off the path of the marked police unit as he was leaving the Penthouse Lounge.

 - As the officers exited their police vehicle and began to approach, Cushingberry began to drive a short distance.

 - As the officers requested Cushingberry's driver's license, he attempted to turn on the vehicle. An officer reached in and recovered the keys.

 - The councilman was uncooperative during that encounter, and he did mention his status as a council person by showing his ID. No driver's license was shown nor was any proof of insurance shown.

 - Cushingberry's vehicle registration was expired by one day.  

 - A strong odor of marijuana was present.

 - An empty alcohol bottle was present.

 - A half-filled cup of alcohol was present.

 - A smoked marijuana cigarette was present on the center console.

 - Cushingberry's passenger in the vehicle had four marijuana cigarettes on his person.

 - Six officers responded to the scene before the sergeant arrived. Upon his arrival, he directed four officers to leave.
 
 - Cushingberry acknowledged having one drink at dinner.

"The magnitude, when you talk about smelling marijuana emanating from the vehicle, a half-filled cup of alcohol, unregistered vehicle, no evidence of driver's license on your person, the question that your viewers and listeners would have is - if I were stopped, would I be treated the same way? And certainly, there's a great likelihood, certainly with the enforcement posture of this department as it relates today, that some action would have been taken," Chief Craig says. He adds, "Certainly, when you look at the totality, when you look at the public safety issues, when you look at the violations, it tends to suggest that the councilman was given preferential treatment."

The responding supervisor, who let Cushingberry go with a ticket, will be disciplined. Craig says the investigation is still pending to determine what that disciplinary action will be.

Craig adds no additional charges will be initiated against the councilman. No evidence was kept.

The findings have been reported to the city's inspector general.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • City of Detroit posts improvement updates online

    City of Detroit posts improvement updates online

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:18 AM EDT2014-07-31 11:18:29 GMT
    Residents will be able to view the number of new streetlights installed in their Detroit neighborhood, how many lots were mown and the number of vacant houses demolished by going to the city's website.
    Residents will be able to view the number of new streetlights installed in their Detroit neighborhood, how many lots were mown and the number of vacant houses demolished by going to the city's website.
  • Community comes together to support slain Armada teen's family

    Community comes together to support slain Armada teen's family

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:55 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:55:10 GMT
    Nearly a week after 14-year-old April Millsap was found murdered in the small town of Armada, friends, family and even those who didn't know the young girl gather for music in the park - this time hoping for justice.They were there to help raise money to ease the burden on April's heartbroken mother."We're as well as can be expected," said aunt Sarah Lichtenfelt. "They are just grateful for all the prayers and support, that's all we ask is to keep praying for strength."In the middle of it all...
    Nearly a week after 14-year-old April Millsap was found murdered in the small town of Armada, friends, family and even those who didn't know the young girl gather for music in the park - this time hoping for justice.They were there to help raise money to ease the burden on April's heartbroken mother."We're as well as can be expected," said aunt Sarah Lichtenfelt. "They are just grateful for all the prayers and support, that's all we ask is to keep praying for strength."In the middle of it all...
  • Family asks for justice after mother of three found dead next to dumpster

    Family asks for justice after mother of three found dead next to dumpster

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:33:46 GMT
    When 32-year-old Katherine Gibson was a little girl, her loved ones thought, the "life" ahead of her would be long. But it wasn't."Me and my girlfriend dropped her off and she had just told us, she loved us," said Marvin Gibson, her cousin.That would be the last "I love you" that he would hear. because after Gibson's cousin dropped her off at Harper and Conner, near Bronco's Market. The day after, she was found dead. Gibson's lifeless body, discovered by a dumpster, beside the building."Layin...
    When 32-year-old Katherine Gibson was a little girl, her loved ones thought, the "life" ahead of her would be long. But it wasn't."Me and my girlfriend dropped her off and she had just told us, she loved us," said Marvin Gibson, her cousin.That would be the last "I love you" that he would hear. because after Gibson's cousin dropped her off at Harper and Conner, near Bronco's Market. The day after, she was found dead. Gibson's lifeless body, discovered by a dumpster, beside the building."Layin...
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices